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There are plenty of fun activities in the Saimaa area, all year round. Would you like to play golf, take a cruise or see the sights? Maybe go hiking, swimming or shopping? You can do all of this – and much more – in the Saimaa area. You will find great events and delightful activities in the Saimaa area’s event calendar, which is full of wonderful activities. More activities are listed in the weekly programmes for each area. Delightful experiences for all tastes are waiting to be discovered just around the corner!
Lappeenranta fortress

Lappeenranta fortress

Surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town which was founded in a medieval trading centre during the Swedish regime in 1649. Most of the buildings date back to the Russian era, which lasted from 1741 to 1917. Following renovation, they now house private residences, handicraft workshops and cultural and business premises. Graced with a fascinating history, magnificent scenery and a myriad attractions, the Fortress is today a popular tourist destination. The History The city of Lappeenranta was officially founded in 1649 by Queen Christina of Sweden, but the tale of the town had begun much earlier: in the Middle Ages, the Fortress became a bustling market place. Following the Battle of Lappeenranta in 1741, Sweden had to surrender the Fortress of Lappeenranta to Russia. A monument was erected in front of the ramparts of the Fortress in memory of the thousands of soldiers who perished in the battle. The fortification work which the Swedes had begun was subsequently continued by the Russians. The oldest surviving building in the Fortress date from the Russian period in the 1770s. Among those directing the fortification works was Count Aleksander Suvorov who had been assigned to the task and sent to south-east Finland by the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great. The Fortress thus became an important link in the three-stage-fortification system designed to protect St. Petersburg. The Lappeenranta fortress today Today the Fortress area is an interesting attraction for tourists as well as local people: you can have a delicious meal in Linnoituksen Krouvi restaurant (open during summer time), enjoy your dessert at the lovely old fashioned café Majurska, visit the handicraft shops and buy some local souvenirs to take home! There are also three museums located in the Fortress: South Karelia Art museum, South Karelia museum and the Cavalry museum – and don´t forget to take a picture of the oldest Orthodox church in Finland.

The blue and white waves, theatre stages, the largest sandcastle in Finland and the Rapids in Imatra entail many fun experiences, both big and small, peaceful and at full speed. You can explore Lappeenranta’s Old Town, the Fortress, and its museums around the year. The Fortress encompasses the oldest Eastern Orthodox church in Finland and small artisans’ shops. This popular tourist attraction also features a number of events each year. For centuries, visitors have come to Imatra to see the town’s famous rapids. You can admire the rapids year round, and visit the oldest nature park of Finland, Crown Park "Kruununpuisto" surrounding the rapids.
Lappeenranta fortress

Lappeenranta fortress

Surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town which was founded in a medieval trading centre during the Swedish regime in 1649. Most of the buildings date back to the Russian era, which lasted from 1741 to 1917. Following renovation, they now house private residences, handicraft workshops and cultural and business premises. Graced with a fascinating history, magnificent scenery and a myriad attractions, the Fortress is today a popular tourist destination. The History The city of Lappeenranta was officially founded in 1649 by Queen Christina of Sweden, but the tale of the town had begun much earlier: in the Middle Ages, the Fortress became a bustling market place. Following the Battle of Lappeenranta in 1741, Sweden had to surrender the Fortress of Lappeenranta to Russia. A monument was erected in front of the ramparts of the Fortress in memory of the thousands of soldiers who perished in the battle. The fortification work which the Swedes had begun was subsequently continued by the Russians. The oldest surviving building in the Fortress date from the Russian period in the 1770s. Among those directing the fortification works was Count Aleksander Suvorov who had been assigned to the task and sent to south-east Finland by the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great. The Fortress thus became an important link in the three-stage-fortification system designed to protect St. Petersburg. The Lappeenranta fortress today Today the Fortress area is an interesting attraction for tourists as well as local people: you can have a delicious meal in Linnoituksen Krouvi restaurant (open during summer time), enjoy your dessert at the lovely old fashioned café Majurska, visit the handicraft shops and buy some local souvenirs to take home! There are also three museums located in the Fortress: South Karelia Art museum, South Karelia museum and the Cavalry museum – and don´t forget to take a picture of the oldest Orthodox church in Finland.

Imatran Valtionhotelli

Imatra Valtionhotelli is an art nouveau style hotel, standing near by the Imatrankoski rapids, and it was built in 1903. Before in its place were two hotels, which were unfortunately perished in a fire. After the disaster, the decision was made to build the strikingly beautiful castle its now known for. The hotel was built by the command of Finland's senate and it was planned to satisfy the needs of the tourists from St. Petersburg. The hotel was designed by architect Usko Nyström in an art nouveau style, containing lots of elements from nature, as well as a unusual resemblance of a medieval castle. During the first years after the hotel was opened, it was frequently visited by the aristocracy of St. Petersburg and the members of the Finnish government. Among the most notorious visitors were Nicolai II and his family. The hotel has also served as a military hospital during the civil war of 1917. And, during the Second World War it served as a staff headquarters of the Finnish army and, later on, it functioned as headquarters of military administration. An interesting little fact during those years was that the tallest tower was flattened for the Second World War, used for spotting enemy planes coming from the East. The distinct hotel is one of the must-see places in Imatra and it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture Finland. The hotel is also well known for its unparalleled customer service, and modern, yet unique rooms. The hotel also includes a Spa-hotel wing with pampering treatments and conference facilities with cutting-edge technology, serving the needs of meetings and conferences of all kind. To top it all off, the hotel's own Linnasali restaurant is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the region and is a popular place for weddings and other celebrations.

Saimaa Canal

The first plans to construct a waterway between Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland were put forward as early as 1499 but it was not until at the beginning of the 19th century that plans to build the canal were revived. The building of the Canal began in 1845 and it was opened for traffic on 7 September 1856. The building of the present Canal was begun in 1963, and it was inaugurated in 1968 by the then President of Finland, Dr. Urho Kekkonen. The total length of the Canal is 43 km, of which 23 km lies on the Finnish side of the border and the remaining 20 km in the section leased from Russia. The difference between the water levels of Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland totals 76 metres, and is offset by means of eight locks. Goods are transported along the Saimaa Canal to various areas in Finland as well as to several countries in Europe. One way of exploring the Saimaa Canal is to take a boat trip from Lappeenranta to the Mälkiä lock and back. In summer, there is also a daily boat service from Lappeenranta to Vyborg in Russia. The Canal on the Finnish side is open to all free of charge. You can also enjoy a boat trip along the whole length of the Canal, all the way to Vyborg and onward to the Gulf of Finland. Additional information about canal travel is available from the Canal authorities. The Canal Museum’s pleasant café is also well worth a visit. Large-scale renovations are underway in the area, to improve the tourism services. We welcome you to visit the Saimaa Canal and study its glorious 150-year history in the Saimaa Canal Museum exhibition, and to take a two-hour cruise on the canal or a cruise to Vyborg. At the kiosk by the Mustola lock you can admire the ships and enjoy a cup of coffee. Monuments relating to the history of the canal can be seen at the Mälkiä lock. Saimaa Canal Museum Exhibition with artefacts, photographs and scale models of old ships and of the Mustola and Juustila lock areas in the early 20th century. Exhibition on Suvorov’s canals in an outbuilding. Restored garden dating from the 19th century and a signposted canal path from Mustola to Mälkiä.

Local food in Lake Saimaa area Let yourself be charmed by local specialities served at the region's restaurants and cafés. Vety, Atomi, Karjalanpaisti and the famous Särä are some of the traditional fare on offer in Lake Saimaa area.
Have a cup of coffee and dip in a sweet bagel! The Saimaa version of café au lait may not be as famous as its French counterpart, but in the blue and white glimmer of the lake, a cup of coffee and a homemade pastry taste just as good. You will want to stay for longer than just a cup of coffee at the cafés in the Saimaa area, as you can fill your tray with a wholesome bun or an open sandwich with plenty of toppings. A warm cup on the wooden benches of the market place, a speciality coffee in a renowned location or a coffee and a bun in an idyllic local café? You are welcome to enjoy the versatile café culture the Saimaa area has to offer.
A cool beer rounds off a hot summer’s day and kicks off a night of winter fun. The pubs and bars are packed with cheerful people and friendly atmosphere during the holiday season. If you enjoy hitting the dance floor, the fun can go on into the small hours of the night. While the rest of Saimaa sleeps, the dance venues and discos will stay up with you all through the night. The alternatives include both nightclubs with an international flair and traditional dance venues. In addition to live music and the enjoyable terraces, you can spend your night playing sports or board games in the Saimaa area.
The best streets for shopping in Lappeenranta are Valtakatu and Kauppakatu. Along them are smaller speciality shops and several shopping centres. Imatra is also a great shopping destination. Larger speciality shops and department stores, such as Prisma, can be found in the retail areas outside the city centres. The Koskenparras pedestrian area in the city centre of Imatra offers a large variety of shops and speciality stores. A new major shopping centre will be constructed in Imatra in the coming years. In between shopping, you can relax in enticing restaurants and cafés, enjoying a drink or a cup of tea, before continuing your tour of the boutiques.

Prisma Imatra

Prisma Center in Imatra is located along convenient routes; the proximity of highway 6 and other smaller roads make it easy for all the customers to reach Prisma Center. The new Prisma Center introduces a whole new era of shopping in Imatra. It offers an outstanding selection of daily consumer goods, clothing and other household items. The selection of daily consumer goods includes, for example, over 500 different types of cheese, more than 40 different breads delivered by local bakeries, over 600 organic products, and nearly 200 locally produced items. The new Prisma Center also has an in-store bakery, a smoke oven, and a versatile deli section. In addition, Prisma Center has an extensive selection of products for your home, clothing, sports equipment, construction and renovation products, as well as home appliances, household electronics and entertainment. The new Prisma Center has ample parking. In addition to the outside parking area, there is a heated parking garage with approximately 400 clearly marked parking spaces. The spacious store is easy to access from the parking garage using either the lift, or escalators. The signs along the way help you find your way to Prisma Center. Inside the Prisma Center, opposite to the reverse vending machines, there is a designated collection point for household appliances. There, you can return your old mobile phones, small electrical appliances, batteries, tubular light bulbs, printer cartridges and LED lamps. Our 18 checkouts and 5 self-service checkouts make paying quick and easy. The most versatile services in Imatra The service selection of the new Prisma Center is completed with several other services, including Alko Tainonkosken Apteekki pharmacy Elisa Kultakello jewellery store Silmäsema Punnitse ja Säästä LähiTapiola Life Candy Town Musti ja Mirri Meritta Bra Souvenirs World RAY Amber. In addition, hair salon HiusÄssät, a coffee house and restaurant, Hesburger, S-bank’s service point, SmartPOST parcel point and an ATM are at your service in the new Prisma Center.

Travelling to Lappeenranta and Imatra is fast and easy, no matter how you choose to get here. Your journey to this region of thousands of islands and astonishing lake scenery will be pleasant and swift, whether by car, train or plane. Thanks to the great connections, a holiday in the Saimaa region is closer than you think.
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